For Better or For Worse, Part 1
What do an overzealous mother of the bride, a fed up wedding planner, two desperate groomsmen, and a disheartened groom have in common? They all seem to belong in a Meltsner/Shanks wedding! Eugene and Katrina are preparing to renew their vows with loved ones in the town of Odyssey.
Connie has been put in charge of the wedding with her business "Dreams By Constance", but there seem to be many little-known traditions and expectations that go along with a “Shanks wedding.” Katrina’s mother and Connie begin a race to the finish for the biggest and best wedding. This competition of course sends the three groomsmen (Tom Riley, Bernard Walton & Whit) on an often crazy adventure to satisfy the endless demands of the two women.
On the other side of town, we find Eugene trying to be Katrina’s "proverbial Knight in Shining Armor." He is convinced that he is not manly, romantic, or even competent enough to be Katrina’s husband. So he whisks her away on the day of their wedding with a car full of lilacs to one of the supposedly most romantic views in Odyssey. However, once they get there, the car's tire goes flat and the couple is stuck in the middle of nowhere with no way to get back to the wedding in time!
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|Armitage Shanks||Katrina Shanks-Meltsner|
|Agnes Riley||Tom Riley|
|Jenny Whittaker||John Whittaker|
- The official summary mistakenly identifies Millie Shanks as Porcelain Shanks, Katrina's great-grandmother.
- Millie's passion for adherence to tradition was first mentioned in #393: “Wrapped Around Your Finger”.
- Eugene's insecurity regarding his marked difference from Katrina's father was first explored in #407: “Malachi's Message, Part 2”.
- When Katrina asks Eugene what time it is, he replies "Virtually 7 AM", the same line he used to tell her the time in #260: “Naturally, I Assumed...”.
- Connie providing feedback to Eugene's expressions of affection is also a throwback to #260: “Naturally, I Assumed...”.
QuotesEugene Meltsner: Ah, there. Vest, suit, cufflinks, tie.
Bernard Walton: Let's change out of these tuxes before we die!
Eugene Meltsner: Did you book them?
Bernard Walton: Of course I did! It was my one and only job; I took it very seriously! Tom, did you book the band?
Bernard Walton: Where's the root beer? Everybody knows you're supposed to have root beer at a bachelor party!
Eugene Meltsner: Technically, I'm not actually a bachelor anymore.
Bernard Walton: Yeah, well, "technically" my great-grandmother's wake was livelier than this party!
Eugene Meltsner: Well, I suppose the gift would be...me?
Bernard Walton: You call that a gift? You see, this is why we register.
Eugene Meltsner: Well, we're writing our own vows; that's commensurately romantic, is it not?
Bernard Walton: Depends. Did your vows include the word "commensurately"?
Eugene Meltsner: Well, um...
Bernard Walton: Uh-huh.
Eugene Meltsner: Perhaps.
Bernard Walton: Number two: Katrina carried Eugene over the threshold!
Eugene Meltsner: Now, that was only due to the recurrence of an old chess club injury!
Tom Riley: A chess club injury?
Eugene Meltsner: It was a very big club.
Tom Riley: Now, you can be sensitive and caring all you want, but there comes a time when every woman wants to be rescued by a knight in shining armor.
Bernard Walton: But Katrina got a stable boy in a vest!
Bernard Walton: Doves? What in the world do you need doves for? We already know the Ark is on dry land!
Tom Riley: At my wedding, they just threw rice!
Bernard Walton: Symbolizing an abundance of teriyaki chicken!
Bernard Walton: A sixteen piece orchestra?
Tom Riley: That's a lot of pieces, isn't it? Do they even make that many instruments?
Bernard Walton: I don't think so.
Tom Riley: Let's see, now, what am I gonna need? Tuba, drums, fiddle, electric banjo...even a bigger banjo?
Bernard Walton: Yeah.
Tom Riley: Oh...Bernard, we're in trouble.
Millie Shanks: It's a Shanks wedding. It never rains on a Shanks wedding!
Connie Kendall: Uh...no, it's a Meltsner wedding! And trust me, it would rain on a Meltsner wedding.